Industry Influencers Handbook
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INTRODUCTIONThe future of social media lies in identifying and utilizing industry influencers. Instead of hoping to broadcast your message to the masses, you should be trying to create a groundswell, allowing
influencers to share your messages for you. So how do you go about putting influencers to work for you? Lets take a look.
ENGAGINGINFLUENCERSThe one-to-many broadcast style that has made social media such an appealing channel for so many marketers is changing. Tweets are now buried under the thousands of new accounts added daily, and according to Facebook analytics firm PageLever, most Facebook page posts fade off into the ether in just three to five hours after being published. Brands need to adapt their focus in order to be successful. But how? Simple. With a focus on industry influencers. Lets take a look!
Do Your Research
As the importance of influencers continues to grow, a number of services have sprouted up to help businesses identify the influencers. Paid service LittleBird promises to put you in the right conversations with the right people, and Klout has introduced a new service aimed at identifying the best influencers for a company. However, both are still in private beta.
So while you are waiting for these services to become available to the masses, you
can do a little legwork on your own. If you use a social client like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you should already have columns set up to monitor your industrys most common keywords. Keep an eye on these columns for any of the following:
Is a particular person retweeted frequently?
Are people sharing content from a particular person often?
Is there somebody who tweets your keywords a lot?
It is likely that the people you identify are influential on topics pertaining to your keyword. Once youve identified these influencers, its time to start building a relationship.
Start your relationship slowly by following your influencers on major social channels. Keep the first two weeks strictly to passive engagement. Retweet a particularly resonant tweet and share some of their
Quick TipTwitter lists can also be anothergreat place to find influencers.
content (if they create any). You want to share enough of their content that they recognize you as a consistent follower.
Special note: Simply linking to their content will not put you on anyones radar. Take a minute to add value in the form of your own thoughts or feedback.
Make Your Pitch
Once youve spent some time building your relationship, it is time for you to put that relationship to work by pitching a piece of your recent content for them to share. This is often a nerve-racking moment for many marketers, but needlessly so. Most marketers have never heard of an influencer getting upset, complaining, or otherwise acting unpleasant in any way. The worst case scenario is that your request will get ignored.
Pitches can range in seriousness, and your approach should hinge on what youre looking to accomplish. If you are looking to have an influencer publish your content on their site or blog, a well-composed email is often the best way to make your request. If you are simply looking to have them share your content with their network, a brief tweet pointing out why they may be interested and
linking to your content may be all you need to elicit a response.
Special note: It is important that you present any influencer with value. You should not request a share for just any work. Only put your best content -- something you are truly proud of -- in front of an influencer.
Nurturing the Relationship
Now if youve laid the groundwork, you may see your content spread far and wide by your influencers. After your celebration dance you need to make sure you maintain your relationship. Dont stop sharing, retweeting, and engaging with your influencers. The more you maintain those relationships, the more likely it is that you will get shares again.
Lets take a look at some useful tips, worksheets, and tracking sheets that will help you get your influencer strategy up and running!
Quick TipConsider creating a schedule tostay on top of your relationships.
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